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Hi I'm Devin

I'm a book worm turned scholar. I believe that puns are the highest form of humor. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I believe in class. Whether it be classical, as in the music, or simply well-mannered people, living to a certain standard has always been important to me. This is not restricted to integrity although it certainly includes that; living with high standards includes holding yourself to the principles that you have chosen to live by but also includes treating others with love and respect at all times. In this way, life can be like a symphony. We do our best to learn and excel in our respective parts, but we also need to be able to weave in our strains with those that are closest to us, and those who are in the opposite side of the orchestra. With that in mind, let me introduce myself. My name is Devin and I have been called to serve in the St. Petersburg Russia mission, the birthplace of many great classical composers. I love to learn and I have learned to love. As I have studied in high school, I have enjoyed learning about the manner in which God cares for his creations. School called it science. Chemistry and physics are my favorite subjects and I look forward to learning more about the convolutions of the natural world in college. As I stated previously, I have also learned to love. As I have come closer to Christ, I have opened up to an astonishing degree to the people around me. I work hard to be a good brother and an obedient son and although I often fall short of my lofty goals, I keep working on being the best that I can be.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in realizing potential. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been given to make of us the most that we can be. Christ suffered for all of our sins and our pains that we may live again. This does not mean we will live the same life that we do now. No! God has provided the way that we may become even as He is, living in complete joy and happiness. I have chosen to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because the principles taught in this church have made me more than I could be on my own. Christ has been allowed to make me a better person. My own conversion has been a long one and it still continues today. I was born into a family where the precepts of the Gospel were not only taught but lived. The house that I grew up in is a sacred place where the spirit of the Lord can dwell provided that we are open to its influence. Despite these many blessings, I struggled to gain a personal witness of the truthfulness of the Gospel. I started seriously reflecting upon the things that I have been taught when I entered into high school. I studied the scriptures and I prayed. However, I did not have a "Joseph Smith moment" where I was caught up by the powers of heaven and instantly gained an immovable testimony. I never saw an angel. Instead, I had to learn the way the Savior did, even "grace by grace." I did not gain a testimony because of one astounding instance of personal conversion. I gained a testimony because of countless small, quiet moments where the Spirit of God entered into my heart and quickened my soul. I gained a testimony because when I lived according to the commandments as I had learned them, I was happy and full of purpose. I gained a testimony because as I read the Book of Mormon, I grew closer to Christ and learned what it meant to follow Him. I believe in realizing potential because God has transformed even me into His servant and I bear my witness that He is waiting with open arms.

How I live my faith

I have a testimony that we are all children of our Heavenly Father. He knows and loves each and every one of us individually and as such I try my best to see people the way God sees them. Living by faith is living in the service of God. We read in the sermon of King Benjamin that when we are in the service of our fellow being, we are only in the service of our God. How then do I live my faith? I live by serving and loving the people that God have placed into my life. I try to live my faith by living as Jesus would. I have had the opportunity to serve the youth of my church and I have been filled with love for each of them as I have learned in just a small way how God sees them. We all have opportunities to serve all around us. Service does not need to be an event; indeed, it is the small actions, such as doing the dishes for a family member or writing a nice note, that have the capacity to communicate the most. What would your mother enjoy more - telling her that you love her or doing the laundry for her? When we serve we are raised to a higher level and are blessed with the capacity to love more. We are happier and find more purpose in living. Service changes our mental lens or map; we become more oriented on the people that we meet rather than our own problems. I also live my faith by being a witness of God at all times and in all places. I want to share the joy that I have felt by living as Christ would have us live with everyone that I meet. This does not mandate verbal communication; again, service is more than capable of speaking volumes more than any sermon. Rather, I live by being pure in word as well as in thought. What a wonderful world we would live in if the only words said were compliments! I try to be friendly with strangers and loving with friends. When I am living to such a degree where I focus on the positive and work on being a witness of God, I find lasting happiness in all of my relationships.